Sounds of the Season, a free Christmas concert, bringing special guests to Port Arthur

Published 12:30 am Friday, December 1, 2023

Sounds of the Season, a free Christmas concert featuring the Symphony of Southeast Texas and some special guests, is set to bring cheer and holiday spirit to Port Arthur.

The event opens its doors at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 5) with light refreshments served. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson Early College High School, 1500 Lakeshore Drive.

Maestro Chelsea Tipton II said this is their fifth year performing in Port Arthur. He offered thanks to Motiva for sponsoring the event.

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Tipton appreciates the chance to share music with the community.

Special guests include Port Arthur’s own Glenn Alexander II, conductor and pianist.

Maestro Chelsea Tipton II and the Symphony of Southeast Texas during a previous Christmas concert. (Courtesy photo, Symphony of Southeast Texas)

“Glenn is an emerging conductor who will be playing on the program. He is a versatile conductor,” Tipton said.

Alexander recently was the conductor and music director for the national tour of Anastasia, the Broadway musical. He made his Carnegie Hall debut by conducting Jon Batiste’s premier of “American Symphony,” according to his bio.

Memorial High School Choir will also be performing in the concert with Alexander conducting. The choir will perform holiday tunes.

Alexander shared his excitement of the upcoming concert on social media.

“It’s an absolute honor to come to my hometown orchestra to share Christmas music as both a conductor and pianist on December 5th at Woodrow Wilson Early College High School,” Alexander said in the post. “The Symphony of Southeast Texas is the first orchestra I ever heard live back when I was a freshman high school student at Legacy Christian Academy-Beaumont. I hope to see your faces there. Much love and see you soon Port Arthur, Texas.”

Kim Cruse of Woodville, who was on season 22 of The Voice, will lend her voice to the concert, Tipton said.

Tipton said the Symphony is working on ways to reach the community and through a grant from Valero will be reaching schools in Port Arthur next year.